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The University of British Columbia - Okanagan - College of Graduate Studies

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Requirements for Canadian Students

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the College of Graduate Studies are:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version). TOEFL scores must be issued to UBC directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please use The University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus institution code 2499. The reason for taking the TOEFL is "to enter a college or university as a graduate student"

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Graduate programs may set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed above. Please check the program requirements for your area of study.

TOEFL Institution Code: 2499

English language test scores must be received sealed from the testing agency to be considered official. Photocopies of test scores will not be accepted as official.

Please refer to the College of Graduate Studies entry in the UBC Okanagan Campus Calendar for official English Requirements.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Prepare your application:

Checklist of Application Components

IMPORTANT: Individual graduate programs may require different components.

--- Online application and application fee
--- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. (Even if the degree is not completed or if courses were not taken as part of a degree.)
--- Three letters of reference
--- English proficiency exam scores (if required)
--- GRE scores (required for applicants to Psychology)
--- Curriculum Vitae/Resume (required for applicants to Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Education,
--- Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Social Work) [upload to the online application system]
--- Portfolio (required for applicants to the MFA program)
--- Scholarly writing sample (required for applicants to English) [upload to the online application system]
--- Statement of Intent/Statement of Purpose
--- Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card [upload to the online application system]

Send document to CoGS
Application documents must be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus either by uploading the documents to the online application system, e-mailing the documents to, or mailing the documents to:

College of Graduate Studies
EME 2121 - 1137 Alumni Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Please note: some documents must be submitted in sealed envelopes in order to be considered official. Please see the above links for more information.

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Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, September
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on September 13, 2022